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A free electronic recycling collection event, sponsored by the Loomis Basin Education Foundation, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Loomis Grammar School, located at the corner of King and Taylor roads. For more information, call 660-1546. Creek Week will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 17, at Heritage Park, the property at the end of Walnut Street recently purchased by the Town of Loomis. Naturalist and Sierra College instructor Shawna Martinez will gives talks on the park’s native plants and animals, native trees will be planted, a park clean-up effort will be held, and T-shirts will be given away. For more information, call Walt Scherer at 652-9328 or Jennifer Knisley at 719-1132. The Third Annual Gardeners’ Gathering will be presented by Placer County Master Gardeners from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Speakers will discuss sustainable gardens, garden tools, herbs, compost tea and growing citrus. Admission is $25, which includes lunch; seating is limited. For more information, call (530) 889-7388. The Five Cities Democratic Club will meet from 11:15 to 1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at Round Table Pizza in the Raley’s Shopping Center in Loomis. The club includes members from Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Ophir and Lincoln and welcomes newcomers. For more information, call Noreen Aguilar at 663-3897. The Loomis Basin Dolphins Swim Team will hold tryouts and registration for new swimmers from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 17, at the Del Oro High School pool. Swimmers from age 6 and under to 18 are eligible. Swimmers will need goggles and a towel, provide a birth certificate and medical insurance information, and be accompanied by a parent. Registration fees start at $265 for one swimmer; there are discounts for family members. A drive to collect suitcases and duffel bags is the senior project of Del Oro High School student Taylor Reiff. Donations will go to children and young adults of Koinonia Family Service so that they can keep their belongings safe and easier to manage. Drop off the items from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, April 19 to 21, in the Del Oro cafeteria. Garrick Gookin, of Edward Jones Investments in Loomis, will host a free workshop on preparing estate plans at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, at Café Zorro, 5911 King Road. Dinner will be served. For reservations, call 660-0680. A release party for “Placer County Real Food from Farmers Markets” will be hosted by PlacerGROWN from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 18, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Tickets, at $10 each, are available at Blue Goose Produce. The book contains recipes and menus for every week of the year and is a yearlong project of Joanne Neft with Laura Kenny. The program includes the April tasting, sampling of Placer County wines and a dessert bar. Rocklin native Alfred Corral will hold a slide presentation on the history of Rocklin during the Loomis Basin Historical Society meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 21, at the Loomis Library. Corral’s grandparents were a part of a large Spanish community that arrived in Placer County about 1915. Corral-Alva Park in Rocklin is dedicated in his parents’ honor. Loomis Friends of the Library will hold a book sale April 23 and 24 in the Jessie Helms Room of the library. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Loomis Basin Iris Tour and Festival takes place April 23 to 25. Venues include Horton’s Iris Garden on King Road, Yarda’s Ditch Water Iris Farm on Hansen Road, and High-Hand Nursery on Taylor Road. For further information, call High-Hand Nursery at 652-2065. An Iris Flower Show will be hosted by High-Hand Nursery, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24. There is no entry fee to participate in the show, which will be judged by an American Iris Association apprentice judge. Pick up entry rules at High-Hand, 3750 Taylor Road, or download online at A parking lot sale, with more than 20 vendors, takes place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the First United Methodist Church of Loomis, 6414 Brace Road at Barton Road, near Horseshoe Bar Road. Free space is available at the Loomis Earth Day Yard Sale, to take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Loomis Depot. For reservations and more information, call 652-0956. The free Loomis Earth Day Celebration will include environmental displays, music, information booths, a plant sale, pets, a book signing by Joanne Neft for her “Placer County Real Food from Farmers Markets” cookbook, and tours of the new Loomis Town Hall. Put on your own sale and add your site to the map for the Loomis Community Yard Sale, taking place throughout the area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 24. Maps will be available Friday, April 23, at Wild Chicken Coffee. Call Leslie Griffith at 899-0422. The Jim Martinez Trio, along with Elizabeth Wendt and Aileen Kelley, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at the Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church, 5400 Barton Road. Tickets are $20 each; call 965-087. Proceeds benefit Music Partners in Healthcare, which provides live music to patients in area healthcare facilities. The Del Oro High School Inaugural Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception will honor athletes, coaches, teams and community members of the 1960-70 classes. Festivities begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in the high school’s Performing Arts Center, followed by a reception at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. The induction ceremony is open to all; tickets for the reception are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Tickets are available at the high school; contact Cindy York at 652-7243. Honorees are David Johnson, Tom Cooper, Butch Enkoji, Ed Bonner, Randy Hansen, Kurt Richter, Bob Bonner, Paul Yokote and Jun Takuma. Also honored will be the 1969 track team and the 1966-67 boys basketball. Members of these two teams who have not been contacted are asked to call Monte White at 652-7243. The 4th Annual May Tea Party will be held on the grounds of the Horton Iris Farm, 7440 King Road, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 1. The event, whick includes tea and light lunch, benefits the Loomis Community Preschool enrichment program. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Reservations are required by April 26; call 652-7842. The Rhythm Riders will perform their tribute to Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline in the second annual benefit concert for the Penryn School PTC on Friday, April 30, at the Blue Goose Fruit Shed. Tickets are available at Blue Goose Produce, Foothill Feed and the Penryn School office. For more information, call Donna Delno at 652-6298. The Loomis Lions Club Golf Tournament, to benefit Boy Scout Troop 12, will be held Saturday, May 8, at the Lincoln Hills Golf Club. The entry fee is $100 per person or $550 for a sponsorship package. All golfers get a barbecue dinner. Non-golfer barbecue tickets are $15 each. Call Tom Millward at 652-0273 or Russ Kelley 652-6836. Eleven area artists will host the free Loomis Art Loop Mother’s Day Weekend Studio Tour from 19 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 8 and 9. For a free map, visit